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  • Van Cleef & Arpels’ Peau d’Âne collection

  • Van Cleef & Arpels’ Peau d’Âne collection

  • Catherine Deneuve in Jacques Demy’s “Peau d’Âne” film


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Van Cleef & Arpels’ fairytale collection

Van Cleef & Arpels recently presented its latest high jewellery collection, inspired by Peau d’Âne (Donkey Skin), a 17th century French fairytale by Charles Perrault. Peau d’Âne is the story of a beautiful princess who flees her home for the forest wearing the skin of the magical donkey of her father, the king, soon after he loses his mind because of the death of his wife. Originally published in 1694, the tale was made into a film in 1970 by Jacques Demy, with a spectacular Catherine Deneuve in the role of the princess.

With more than 100 pieces, the Peau d’Âne collection recounts every detail of the original story, from the Enchanted Castle where the princess spent her childhood, translated into a diamond, sapphire and emerald encrusted brooch, to the princess’s impossible demands that included three dresses that represented the sky, the moon and the sun, re-imagined as diamond brooches seemingly painted with turquoise, tourmalines and green garnets (for the sky), blue and mauve tanzanite and sapphires (for the moon) and yellow tourmalines and sapphires (for the sun).

Each piece of the Peau d’Âne collection is unique and has been created by Mains d’Or, the master jewelers from Van Cleef & Arpels’ workshops, Les Ateliers, on Place Vendôme, Paris. The collection was launched some days ago at Chateau Chambord, the location where the Jacques Demy’s film was shot, with a magical feast, featuring owls, elephants, princesses dressed in Renaissance costumes and spectacular fireworks, proving that sometimes fairy tales do come true.